Short 4c Hairstyles

Are you inspired by the natural hair movement and have been wondering how to style short natural hair at home? 

Thankfully, there are more and more women on their natural hair journey, documenting their growth and showing us how to do protective hairstyles on 4c hair

So, if you have been wondering what to do with your short natural hair for a while, don’t look any further, here are 10 easy short 4c hairstyles.

10 beginner-friendly short 4c hairstyles

1. High Puff

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The high puff is a quick short natural hairstyle that you can rock to school or work, without having to do much. Your hair does not have to be super long for a high puff and more importantly, you won’t need to add any extensions. 

Learn how to fit your teeny weeny afro (TWA) into a beautiful high puff ponytail below. 

All you need to do is to comb out your hair with a wide-tooth comb, put some coconut oil into your hair to keep it moisturized, and finally sleek it down with a strong gel

For a beautifully detailed tutorial, check out Noellean’s high puff tutorial on short 4c hair here. 

2. Flat Twists

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I love flat twists because they are a beautiful everyday hairstyle for short 4c hair. Very clean, elegant, easy-to-do, and a great hairstyle if you are looking to grow your 4c hair

You start by detangling and stretching out your hair for optimal length. After that, you simply section out your hair in two parts of your liking. 

To successfully flat twist your hair you take a small strand of your hair in the front and divide it into two pieces. Bring your bottom piece to the top, while grabbing the top piece with your bottom hand. Keep feeding into the two pieces as you move forward. 

And if you do not know how to flat-twist, don’t worry this Flat Twist tutorial shows you step-by-step how to achieve this beautiful protective style. 

3. Halo Braid 

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Probably one of the easiest hairstyles for 4c short hair is the stunning halo braid. This sleek and princess-like hairstyle attracts everybody’s attention when you step into the room and easily lasts for a few days. 

The only thing you need to do to achieve a halo braid on short 4c natural hair is to sleek it back very tightly and then add a bundle of jumbo braiding hair to it. Of course, to look extra cute, you want to make sure you lay your edges. 

For a full tutorial on how to create this stunning look, check out Mona B.’s tutorial here

4. Mohawk

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The Mohawk or in our case Frohawk is a fun and trendy protective hairstyle for short natural 4c hair that you can rock on any day of the week. 

Start by picking out your hair into a nice fro with as much volume as you can achieve and then moisturize your hair with a hair oil of your choice. 

Once you’re done with moisturizing use a hard bristle brush to smooth your hairline back and start pinning your sides down with bobby pins. 

For more security apply the bobby pins in an X-formation, meaning one across the other.

For a full tutorial, check out this video at 3:20 min

5. Space Buns 

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There is only one thing better than an updo as a protective hairstyle on 4c hair, and that is two updos. 

These cute space buns are perfect for a lazy hair day because they are quick and easy to achieve. And the best part is, if you have short 4c hair you can just add some clip-ins or braiding hair to get bigger buns.

Follow MsNaturallyMary’s tutorial at 5:20 for a quick tutorial on space buns. 

6. Half up/ half down 

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For this short 4c hairstyle you will either need clip-in coily textured hair extensions or have to crochet kinky hair in the back. Either way, the look can be rocked with short hair or medium-length hair. 

To get started with the style, you want to first section off your hair in two parts, with the top part being smaller than the back part. 

Next, you want to use edge control to smooth down your edges and achieve the sleek look on the top bun.

After that, all you need to do is to fluff out your back hair either into a fro or add some clip-ins for the desired length. 

Full half up/half down tutorial by Chev b. here. 

7. Low Sleek Bun 

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The low sleek bun is a classic and probably the sexiest hairstyle of all hairstyles for 4c short hair. 

You can rock that bun natural without adding any extensions or go all out with a long ponytail or a big puff in the back. 

The best way to achieve this very slick look, you add some leave-in conditioner to your hair and section it into smaller parts. After that, you add eco style gel for a sleek look and brush all your hair to the back using a smoothing brush. 

Al there is left to do now is to wrap the braiding hair extensions around your small ponytail for a thicker bun.

It is a very simple hairstyle but if you need a step-by-step guide, check out this low sleek bun tutorial.

8. Sleek Top Bun

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The sleek top bun follows the same steps as the low sleek bun with the difference that you brush your hair upwards rather than to the back. 

Here as well you can add extensions or braiding hair as you like. 

See how it’s done here.

9. Defined Curls

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Do you know what your natural curl pattern looks like? As a 4c hair naturalista, it’s easy to assume that your hair is just kinky and not curly. 

But even those little curls can be defined. The whole process takes longer than the above short 4c hairstyles but it is totally worth it. 

Ashley Boatemaa gives you a very detailed look at how to define your natural curls on 4c hair

10. Twist Out

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And of course, this would not be a complete list of short 4c hairstyles without a good ole twist out. 

The best way to achieve this bouncy look on your hair, you want to use the LCO method. This will avoid frizz and define your curls better.  

While it’s not easy to get a twist out right every time on short natural hair, this video will teach you the perfect twist-out in 10 minutes. 

With all these beautiful 4c short natural hairstyles highlighted above, you will be inspired to rock your own hair all summer, without needing the help of a hairstylist. Just make sure you keep your 4c hair well moisturized.

Hairstyling Tools for Short 4c Hair

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